Martin Žnidaršič


I am a researcher interested in machine learning and decision modelling. Most of my research work is focused on studying, development and practical implementation of solutions from these two fields.

Research (Senior Research Associate):

  • Jožef Stefan Institute, Department of Knowledge Technologies : 2003 -
  • KU Leuven, Department of Computer Science, Research Unit for Declarative Languages and Artificial Intelligence : 2012 - 2013

Teaching (Assistant Professor):

  • Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School:
    • Machine learning
    • Computational creativity
  • FINI - Faculty of Industrial Engineering Novo mesto:
    • Artificial intelligence - methodologies and tools
    • Machine learning and artificial intelligence


Martin Žnidaršič
Department of Knowledge Technologies
Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova cesta 39
SI - 1000 Ljubljana

Phone: +386 1 477 3366


Decision support (systems and analysis) and machine learning. I am studying and developing methods for decision modelling under uncertainty and methods for data-based knowledge revision in hierarchical rule-based models of DEX methodology. The results of both methodological fields are put to practice mainly in environmental domains. Some of the developed methodology gets incorporated in a software tool proDEX, whereas applications and specific solutions are most often implemented as web applications.


Full list at COBISS database

Selected entries with additional data (only older ones):
  • Žnidaršič M., Bohanec M., Zupan B.: Modelling impacts of cropping systems: Demands and solutions for DEX methodology, European Journal of Operational Research, Volume 189, Issue 3, 16 September 2008, Pages 594-608. (BibTeX entry) (Paper online at ScienceDirect)
  • Bohanec M., Cortet J., Griffiths B., Žnidaršič M., Debeljak M., Caul S., Thompson J., Krogh P. H.: A qualitative multi-attribute model for assessing the impact of cropping systems on soil quality. Pedobiologia, 2007, vol. 51, no. 3, pp. 239-250.
  • Scatasta S., Wesseler J., Demont M., Bohanec M., Džeroski S., Žnidaršič M.: Multi-attribute modelling of economics and ecological impacts of agricultural innovations on cropping systems. Journal of systemics, cybernetics and informatics, 2007, vol. 4, no. 2, pp. 52-59.
  • Žnidaršič M., Bohanec M., Zupan B.: proDEX - a DSS tool for environmental decision-making. Environ. model. softw., 2006, vol. 21, no. 10, pp. 1514-1516.
  • Žnidaršič M., Jakulin A., Džeroski S., and Kampichler C.: Automatic construction of concept hierarchies: The case of foliage-dwelling spiders; Ecological Modelling, Volume 191, Issue 1, pp 144-158, 2006. (BibTeX entry) (Paper online at ScienceDirect)
  • Žnidaršič M., Bohanec M.: Data-based revision of probability distributions in qualitative multi-attribute decision models. Intelligent Data Analysis, 9(2):159-174, 2005. (BibTeX entry)
  • Bohanec M., Džeroski S., Žnidaršič M., Messean A., Scatasta S., Wesseler J.: Multi-attribute modelling of economic and ecological impacts of cropping systems. Informatica (Ljublj.), 2004, vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 387-392.
  • Žnidaršič, M., Bohanec, M.: Handling uncertainty in DEX methodology. Uncertainty and Robustness in Planning and Decision Making (URPDM 2010), Coimbra-Portugal. 15.-17.4.2010, Coimbra, 2010. [PDF]

  • Žnidaršič, M., Bohanec, M., Lavrač, N., Cestnik, B.: Project self-evaluation methodology : the healthreats project case study. Proc. Information Society IS 2009, Ljubljana, 85-88, 2009. [PDF]

  • Žnidaršič, M., Bohanec, M., Kok, E.J., Prins, T.W.: Qualitative risk assessment for adventitious presence of unauthorized genetically modified organisms. Proceedings of ISIT 2009, 1st International Conference on Information Society and Information Technologies, Novo mesto: Faculty of information studies. 12.-13.10.2009, Dolenjske Toplice, 7 p., 2009.

  • Bohanec, M., Žnidaršič, M.: Supporting decisions about the introduction of genetically modified crops. Colaborative decision making: Perspectives and challenges (eds. P. Zaraté, J.P. Belaud, G. Camillieri, F. Ravat), Frontiers in artificial intelligence and applications 176, IOS Press, 404-415, 2008.

  • Žnidaršič M., Bohanec M., Zupan B.; "Higher-Order Uncertainty Approach to Revision of Probabilistic Qualitative Multi-Attribute Decision Models". IFIP International Conference on Creativity and Innovation in Decision Making and Decision Support (CIDMDS 2006). London, England. June 28th - July 1st, 2006.

  • Žnidaršič M., Jakulin A., Džeroski S.; Automatic construction of concept hierarchies : the case of foliage-dwelling spiders. In: DŽEROSKI, Sašo (ed.), ŽENKO, Bernard (ed.), DEBELJAK, Marko (ed.). The Fourth International Workshop on Environmental Applications of Machine Learning (EAML 2004), Bled, Slovenia, September 27-October 1, 2004. Proceedings. Ljubljana: Jožef Stefan Institute, 2004, pp. 67-68.

  • Žnidaršič M., Bohanec M.; Revision of qualitative multi-attribute decision models. In: Conference proceedings : The 2004 IFIP International Conference on Decision Support Systems (DSS2004) Decision Support in an Uncertain and Complex World : Prato, Italy, 1st-3rd July 2004. [S.l.]: Monash University, 2004, pp. 881-888.

  • Bohanec M., Scatasta S., Džeroski S., Žnidaršič M.; Multi-attribute modeling of economic impacts of cropping systems. In: TRČEK, Denis (ed.), LIKAR, Borut (ed.), GROBELNIK, Marko (ed.), MLADENIĆ, Dunja (ed.), GAMS, Matjaž (ed.), BOHANEC, Marko (ed.). Zbornik C 7. mednarodne multi-konference Informacijska družba IS 2004, 9. do 15. oktober 2004, (Informacijska družba). Ljubljana: Institut "Jožef Stefan", 2004, pp. 91-94.


  • FORMICA 2 : Quantitative and qualitative analysis of the unregulated corporate financial reporting
    ( SRA J5-2554 ), 2020 - 2023, role: WP leader
  • FNS-Cloud : Food Nutrition Security Cloud
    ( EU H2020 863059 ), 2019 - 2023, role: participant
  • RESILOC: Resilient Europe and Societies by Innovating Local Communities
    ( EU H2020 825153 ), 2019 - 2022, role: task leader
  • EMBEDDIA: Cross-Lingual Embeddings for Less-Represented Languages in European News Media
    ( EU H2020 825153 ), 2019 - 2021, role: task leader
  • CF-Web : ClowdFlows Data and Text Analytics Marketplace on the Web
    ( EU H2020 754549 ), 2017 - 2018, role: project coordinator
  • SAAM : Supporting Active Ageing through Multimodal coaching
    ( EU H2020 769661 ), 2017 - 2021, role: WP leader and technical coordinator
  • FORMICA : Influence of formal and informal corporate communications on capital markets
    ( SRA J5-7387 ), 2016 - 2018, role: WP leader
  • WHIM : The What-If Machine
    ( EU FP7 611560 ), 2013 - 2016, role: WP leader
  • ConCreTe : Concept Creation Technology
    ( EU FP7 611733 ), 2013 - 2016, role: WP leader
  • FIRST : Large scale information extraction and integration infrastructure for supporting financial decision making
    ( EU FP7 ICT-257928 ), 2010-2013, role: participant
  • e-LICO : An e-Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research in Data Mining and Data-Intensive Sciences
    ( FP7 ICT-231519 ), 2009-2012, role: WP leader
  • HEALTHREATS : Integrated decision support system for health threats and crises management
    ( EU FP6 STREP 150107 ), 2007-2010, role: WP leader
  • Co-Extra : GM and non-GM supply chains: their CO-EXistence and TRAceability.
    ( FP6-FOOD-2005-7158 ), 2006-2009, role: participant
  • SIGMEA : Sustainable introduction of genetically modified crops into European agriculture.
    ( FP6-SSP1-2002-502981 ), 2004-2006, role: participant
  • ECOGEN : Soil ecological and economic evaluation of genetically modified crops.
    ( FP5-QLK5-2002-01666 ), 2003-2006, role: participant